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Fwd: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
As this board is involved in nomenclature issues, I thought this worth passing along. I, for one, agree with Jim. --spaf PS. I did a little statistical work on virus counts as part of a local discussion group. Of the 60000 or so known viruses, worms, etc., about 55,000 of them are Microsoft-specific. 31 are for the Macintosh, and about 5 are for Unix/Linux. Simply FYI. Imagine if we were to do CVE entries for each? >Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Delivered-To: email@example.com >X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org >Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 19:58:35 -0400 >To: email@example.com >From: Dave Farber <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly! >Sender: email@example.com >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > >> >>Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 16:50:07 -0800 >>To: email@example.com (Dave Farber), firstname.lastname@example.org >>From: Jim Warren <email@example.com> >>Subject: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly! >> >>[Also blind-cc'ed to others. Recirculate freely.] >> >>The media didn't call the World Trade Towers bomb, "the Ryder Truck bomb." >>They didn't call the Unibomber bombs, "US Postal Service bombs." >> >>They should stop mislabeling computer viruses by their *innocent* carrier >>-- the Internet. >> >>They should start labeling them what they are: "Microsoft Outlook Express >>virus" or "Microsoft Explorer virus" or "Microsoft Word macro virus >>(reputedly the single largest source of viruses for years!)." >> >>Or more briefly -- and accurately -- just call each one, "the latest >>Microsoft virus." >> >>Let's ask the major media, below, for some *truth* in labeling -- giving >>"credit" where credit really is due. Let's ask them to stop shooting the >>messenger, and start naming the real origin -- the errors and dangers that >>Microsoft has built into its products for *years*. >> >>CNN: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/ >> >>CNNfn: http://cnnfn.com/resources/email.html >> >>ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/service/Help/abc_contactus.html >> >>CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/misc/feedback.asp >> >>CBS: http://cbsnews.cbs.com/ and click on "Feedback" in the lefthand column >> >>NBC: Nightly News, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org >> >>Fox: News Channel, email to: email@example.com >>Fox Digital: email to: firstname.lastname@example.org >> >>NEW YORK TIMES: "Letters" Editor, email to: email@example.com >> >>WASHINGTON POST: email to: firstname.lastname@example.org >> and click on http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/opinion/letterstotheeditor/ >> >>LOS ANGELES TIMES: http://www.latimes.com/siteservices/talk_contacts.htm >> >>WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Letters" Editor, email to: email@example.com >> >>--jim, Jim Warren; firstname.lastname@example.org >>Contributing Editor & technology public-policy columnist, MicroTimes Magazine >>Also GovAccess list-owner/editor; 345 Swett Rd, Woodside CA 94062 >> voice/650-851-7075; fax-disconnected-"for"-spam >> >>[self-inflating puff: Hugh Hefner First-Amendment Award, Playboy Foundation; >>Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (in its first year); >>James Madison Freedom-of-Information Award, Soc.of Prof.Journalists-Nor.Calif >>founded InfoWorld; the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conferences; >>etc etc etc.]